The NHL gives us a healthy 10 games tonight in which we can construct our DFS lineups with. Lately I have been hearing a lot of people say that they don’t like the big slates because there is too much to choose from. If that is the case for you I would suggest trying to play the ‘smaller slates’ on the night. For instance play just the late night slate as opposed to the whole slate. In other words, cut the options down and key in on just a few teams. This article will deal with pricing on both FanDuel and DraftKings.
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There are plenty of teams that could do a lot of damage as Buffalo, Tampa Bay and Ottawa are all in action this evening. We know about the super line that the Lightning have put together in Nikita Kucherov, Braden Point and Tyler Johnson as they take on an Anaheim team that has won just three games on the road this season. We also know about all of the noise that the Buffalo Sabres have been making as they have become the best team in the league backed by both Jeff Skinner and Jack Eichel. Ottawa should be a different animal altogether as they have given up more than four goals per game while not only playing last night, but shuffling their lines up as well. This article is designed to not point out the obvious plays but maybe give you a little insight on some of the players that could have a lower ownership for GPP play.
Ryan Getzlaf-Anaheim Ducks ($6,900 FanDuel, $5,200 DraftKings)
As mentioned above, the Tampa Bay Lightning are in a decent spot here tonight as they not only have scored the most goals in the league with 87, they also have grabbed 24 power play goals in 24 games. The twist comes when you realize that after the team had given up just five power play goals in the first 14 games, they have given up a whopping 11 goals in their last 10 games when the opposing team has the man advantage. This feeds right into the hands of Ryan Getzlaf, as he not only gets the lion’s share of the ice time with the man advantage but has also posted 17 points in the 19 games he has played in. Rickard Rakell has been skating with Getzlaf for most of the season while Jakob Silfverberg was moved up to the top line last game. The Lightning have given up two or more goals in their last 11 games which is also a plus here for the visiting Ducks.
Kyle Connor-Winnipeg Jets ($6,000 FanDuel, $6,800 DraftKings)
While the main focus has been Blake Wheeler and Mark Schefiele for most of the season, the spotlight shifted to the Jets’ second line the other night when Patrik Laine lit the lamp five times against the St. Louis Blues. Connor skates on the second line with Laine and has quietly scored 10 goals to go along with 14 assists through the first 24 games. 11 of those 24 points have come over the last six games, and while the Penguins’ record isn’t as bad as St. Louis’, they have still given up 71 goals in the 22 games they have played this season. It’s also interesting to note that Pittsburgh has lost their last five road games which should bode well for the home team this evening.
Max Pacioretty-Vegas Golden Knights ($6,200 FanDuel, $5,200 DraftKings)
After a very sluggish start, Pacioretty has come alive by registering nine of his 11 points over the last seven games. The chemistry between Pacioretty and his second line mates in Cody Eakin and Alex Tuch has been a long time coming, but based on their play over the last two weeks it seems that they have become very comfortable with each other. Chicago has been a team in turmoil for most of the season, giving up 82 goals so far this season and allowing four goals in each of their last three games. The Blackhawks will probably try to shut down the top line of Jonathan Marchessault, William Karlsson and Reilly Smith, which should leave Pacioretty and Company a little more room on the ice this evening.
Sean Couturier-Philadelphia Flyers ($6,500 FanDuel, $5,900 DraftKings)
The Flyers have been another team that has struggled mightily lately, as they have given up 14 goals in the last four games which includes a 4-0 shutout win against the Rangers on Friday night. Couturier skates with Claude Giroux on not only the top line but also on the team’s top power play line. Ottawa comes in to Philadelphia with the dubious honor of being the only team in the league that has given up more than 100 goals so far this season. Furthermore, they come into this one tired from last night’s game at Madison Square Garden, so they should be primed to give up a few goals here in Philadelphia this evening. While Giroux and Jakub Voracek dish out the assists, it is indeed Couturier who leads the team with 10 goals so far this season.
Matthew Dumba-Minnesota Wild ($5,700 FanDuel, $6,100 DraftKings)
With Brent Burns, Erik Karlsson, Thomas Chabot and Kris Letang all in action tonight, that may be just enough to let Dumba fly under the radar. The Wild host a lifeless Arizona Coyotes team which has won just two games over their last 10. Dumba has been the spark, as he leads the team with nine of his 17 points being registered over the last six games. Of those nine points, five have come with the man advantage, leading the team with four power play goals and eight power play points.
Devan Dubnyk-Minnesota Wild ($9,100 FanDuel, $8,500 DraftKings)
Most of the reasons that Mathew Dumba makes a decent play also pertain to Dubnyk this evening. While Tampa Bay opened at -225, both Minnesota and Philadelphia opened at a healthy -195 for tonight’s contest, the only difference being that the Philly game carries a goal total of 7 while Minnesota opened at 5 ½. Arizona has definitely had trouble scoring, so Dubnyk’s 2.48 goals against average and .921 save percentage should be more than enough to grab the win on home ice this evening.